"How can anyone who is able to enjoy the beauties of a Virgil, a Tasso, a Shakespeare, who can follow the logical conclusions of a Liebnitz and Kant--how can such a one find pleasure in the Old Testament, so deficient in form and taste, and in the senseless writings of the Talmud?"
-Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Bugles

They've added Bugles* to the vending machine at work! WOOOOOOOO!

HatTip: The Pregnant lady who sits around the corner from my office.





* The food, not the instrument. Having the instrument in a vending machine would be weird. I would still pay 55 cents for it

-Q | 11:47 AM | 1 comments |


Friday, February 24, 2006

Chassidish Giraffes

JERUSALEM (AP) - Vets at the Biblical Zoo have a tall order - stopping a baby boom among giraffes.

After the giraffe population tripled to nine in recent years, outgrowing the zoo on the edge of Jerusalem, the most fertile female - Shavit - has been put on birth control. The 5-year-old has been injected with birth control hormones, delivered by dart, after giving birth twice in four years.

Zoo spokeswoman Sigalit Dzir said Thursday that while the babies are cute and female giraffes make good mothers, there isn't enough room for more. Zoo keepers are also worried about inbreeding.

The zoo recently moved two giraffes to a zoo in Singapore, but American and European zoos don't want animals from Israel because of the risk of foot-and-mouth disease, Dzir said, adding that it's also difficult to transport giraffes overseas.

Shavit has received an injection of hormones that will prevent her from getting pregnant for at least a year. During the year, Shavit will be monitored, and the Biblical Zoo will share its information with other zoos around the world, including those in Berlin and San Diego.

Other zoos also administer birth control, but dart delivery is unique, said Dr. Nili Avnimagen, the zoo's head vet.

-Q | 11:33 AM | 0 comments |


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Emily Hughes

needs to grow lips.

-Q | 3:07 PM | 1 comments |


Evil Eye Warded Off

There is no difference between:
Sasha Cohen and the Power of Kabbalah (DovBear)
and
NEW DELHI (AP) - A 7-year-old girl wed a stray dog as part of a ritual to ward off the "evil eye" on her and her family in eastern India, a news agency reported Wednesday.

Shivam Munda's upper teeth appeared before her lower teeth - considered a bad omen by members of the Santhal ethnic group to which she belongs, the Press Trust of India said in a report from Dhanbad, a coal mining town in the eastern state of Bihar.

Kundan Munda, a coal mine worker, said his daughter married the dog only to "remove the evil eye," a superstitious belief that some misfortune could befall her and the family, and that she would be free to marry a man later.

Friends and family participated in three days of traditional ceremonies and festivities that are part of a Santhal tribal marriage, Munda said, according to the report.

-Q | 2:56 PM | 0 comments |


Friday, February 17, 2006

Am I Addicted To Coffee?


I think I might be addicted to coffee. I am not sure. I've never been really addicted to anything. I started drinking a cup of coffee in the morning about a month ago because I've been very tired (It's my own fault, I know, but that's not the point here. Yell at me later). So anyway, last night I got more sleep then I usually do. Today I didn't have any coffee. Yet, I feel more tired then ever and my head feels like it is filled with cotton balls. Am I addicted to coffee? Is coffee, or lack of, causing my head to hurt?

TGIF.

-Q | 12:44 PM | 1 comments |


Inexcusable

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani cleric announced Friday a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad

-Q | 12:28 PM | 0 comments |


Monday, February 13, 2006

He's Baaaaack!!!

Let the hilarity ensue.

Heshy's House

In my recent trip last week to Israel I would startle Isralis when shopping if they wanted me to pay with kosher money or non kosher money. Some said we would take any money. Others thought I was offering counterfeit bills. But most wanted to know what I meant by non kosher money. I explained that American currency was kosher as it had the words In G-d we trust. Israeli bills had pictures of their secular non believing leadership and made no mention of G-d.

-Q | 5:10 PM | 0 comments |


Friday, February 10, 2006

Bloomberg Is An A-Hole

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't playing games - after he saw a game of solitaire on a city employee's computer screen, he fired him.

The Republican mayor stopped by the city's legislative office in Albany a few weeks ago when he was visiting the state Capitol to hear the governor's State of the State address.

Office assistant Edward Greenwood IX was going over some papers at his desk as Bloomberg made the rounds with his photographer, greeting workers and posing for pictures. When the mayor reached him, Greenwood stood, they shook hands and the photographer snapped a photo.

But the eagle-eyed mayor - a billionaire former businessman with a certain idea of how offices should be run - noticed Greenwood's game of solitaire glowing on his screen. He said nothing about it to Greenwood but later told an aide to give him the ax.

The story was reported by the New York Post on Thursday, and Bloomberg defended his no-tolerance decision.

"The workplace is not an appropriate place for games," Bloomberg said. "It's a place where you've got to do the job that you're getting paid for."

Greenwood, who earned $27,000 a year and had worked in the office for six years, said in a telephone interview that he limited his play time to his one-hour lunch or during quick breaks when he needed a moment of distraction.

"It wasn't like I spent hours and hours a day playing, because I had plenty to do," Greenwood said. "If I had been working at something exhaustively for two hours, I might get a cup of coffee and play for a minute but then go right back to my work."

The mayor's office said its records show that in 2004 Greenwood reviewed the policy that prohibits "inappropriate" use of city computers.

Greenwood said he doesn't recall doing so but probably did. He suggested that other workers in the office play solitaire and similarly stretch the rules.

"It's not like I'm the only one that ever did this," said the 39-year-old father of a toddler.

Greenwood said he wasn't angry with the mayor but wished he had been warned or reprimanded for what he called a first offense.

"I admire the guy - he's a great financial success, and he has a definite management style," Greenwood said. "I just think he could have seen my situation and weighed the harshness of his final decision."

Bloomberg, who left his financial information company for politics in 2001, managed Bloomberg LP with a style that has become his signature. He created an office setup, which he repeated at City Hall, where everyone sits together in an open-air environment - an arrangement that facilitates communication and eliminates fooling around.

"I expect all city workers, including myself, to work hard," the mayor said. "There's nothing wrong with taking a break, but during the business day, at your desk, that's not appropriate behavior."

-Q | 11:01 AM | 0 comments |


Monday, February 06, 2006

2006 Olympics

First off- Curling is not a sport and should not be in the Olympics.

Now, lets start the olympic fever! AAEEEIIII!!!
http://www.usolympicteam.com/

-Q | 3:43 PM | 0 comments |


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Yichud, Heh heh heh...

There those that follow the idea that yichud, a man and woman pre-marriage being alone together, includes a boy and a girl sleeping in the same house. So here is the situation- a boy in one room and a girl in another room in the same house. That would be the `no no`.

Questions:
1- Ok, so what if it is like a two family house and the boys parents (or girls) own the entire house and the girl (or boy) stays in the attached house part? Can he do that?

2- Ok, same as above, but there is a door between the two apartments.

3- Ok, what about an apartment building?

-Q | 3:45 PM | 0 comments |


Jews Aren't Moral?

"That it was impossible for religious people to be moral because they were not doing things because of right and wrong they were doing this because of reward and punishment...the fear of punishment and the desire for reward is not morality."
-Penn Jillette quoting Madalyn Murray O'Hair from Penn Jillette: Sawing People In Half

I am not an atheist. I believe there is a God. I believe in the Jewish Orthodox path of life. I feel that atheists have every right to believe what they believe in, just like me. Atheists are just as morally sound as anyone else. I don't think that having No God effects their morals at all. In fact, they don't have religion to rely on to make their decisions. They must choose their moral path making their decisions stronger.

This could lead into a definition of morals and a big argument. We could agree (based on what, Im not sure) that murder is morally wrong and you will find most religions(most..) and atheists* agree to that. But what about other moral points like a strip bar. Orthodox Judaism frowns heavily on a strip bar and makes it morally wrong. But to other religions, and atheists- is it morally wrong? I guess what I am trying to say, is that when you take away religion, you take away a semi-guide for morals and those morals must be defined by each person. Killing is a `big` thing that most can agree on. A strip bar is a `small` thing that may or may not be morally wrong depending on who you ask. If you are locked into a religion that says it is wrong- then the decision is taken care of for you. But if you are an atheist, how do you decide your morals and what moral path to follow? I am so confused about all this.


*I apologize to the atheists for differentiating them as separate from "most religions", but for the sake of argument, I must categorize them as a separate unit.

-Q | 12:03 PM | 2 comments |


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

JIB Cheating

I found a method a few weeks ago to vote infinitely in this years JIB awards. At that point I stopped voting completely because the JIB's lost all integrity to me. After the JIB's have concluded, I will post the method in my comments section.

Q, The Hacker

-Q | 2:06 PM | 5 comments |